MOSCOW, February 22 – RIA Novosti. Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba called on US President Joe Biden to “end” the construction of Nord Stream 2. Their appeal was published in Politico magazine.
In particular, Rau and Kuleba said that Russia is pushing its interests in the world through energy supply. According to the ministers, Moscow was “allowed to go too far” in the implementation of the project.
They stressed that the pipeline will strengthen Russia's control over gas supplies to Europe and, moreover, will convince the Ukrainian public that the West does not care about its own principles or the security and prosperity of Ukraine.
“We call on US President Joe Biden to use all the means at his disposal to prevent the completion of the project,” the heads of departments said.
Rau and Kuleba are confident that Washington's position is “critically important in the implementation of the project, even against the background of Germany's position, which expresses its assistance.”
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters a year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries. The States imposed sanctions in December 2019, which forced the Swiss Allseas to stop laying.
Work continued a year later: in December 2020, the Fortuna barge stretched 2.6 kilometers of pipes in German waters. As a result, according to the project operator Nord Stream 2 AG, about 148 kilometers of the pipeline remained unfinished out of the total length of its two lines of 2,460 kilometers: 120 in Danish waters and 28 in Germany. The laying has been agreed with the Danish authorities from January 15, construction on the territory of the kingdom is planned to be completed by the end of April. The German permit is valid until the end of May.
Meanwhile, on January 1, the US Senate voted in favor of the defense budget for fiscal 2021, which provides for the expansion of sanctions against Nord Stream 2. The measures apply to organizations that have provided services for testing, inspection or certification. As a result, the Norwegian company DNV GL and the Danish consulting firm Rambøll announced their withdrawal from the project. The pipe-laying ship Fortuna and the company KBT-Rus, which owns it, also fell under Washington's restrictions.